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RHETORICA CICERONIS, LOGICA, ETC.

MRJ number: 
100
College classmark: 
D.25

    Vellum, 8.75 x 6.5, ff. 163 + 2, single and double columns: several volumes.  13th cent. in many hands.

    From Swineshead Abbey, Lincolnshire.

        Liber monasterii S. Marie de Swynesheued in hoyland ordinis Cisterc. Lincoln. dioc.

in Angl. ex perquisito fr. Joh. de Ryhale monachi [added: (quon)dam scolaris et abbatis]

eiusdem monasterii cuius anime propicietur deus.  qui hunc librum uel aliquam eius

parcellam a dicta domo alienauerit quouis modo anathema sit maranatha Amen.      

 

    On the verso a list of contents, in ink, written over a similar list in pencil.

    Collation: 1 flyleaf, 18 (wants 6-8) 28 (wants 7, 8) | 34 48 58 (wants 8) |

616 | 78 810 (wants 10) 98 104 | 1110 128 138 (wants 8?) | 1412 |154 |1616 (wants

15, 16) | 174 | 184 198 | 206 | 2112 (wants 12) | 1 flyleaf (slip).

    Contents:

          I.  34 lines to a page: fairly good hand.

               Rethorica Tullii     .         .         .          .         .         .         .         f. 1

               Sepe et multum hoc mecum cogitaui

                      que restant in reliquis dicemus.  Expl. (Reth. Tullii).

               An astrological scribble in English (xvi) on 30b: the page is

                   covered with pencil notes.

         II.  Double columns of 51 etc. lines.  Title in old table:

               Questiones problemata dubitaciones et argumenta notabilia

                   super Lib. posteriorum      .         .         .         .         .         .        31

               Fearfully contracted, no obvious beginning or end.

        III.  Exposicio M. Walteri de burley super lib. Porphirii Predica-

                   mentorum et Peryarmenias          .         .         .         .         .        47

               Cum necessarium sit grisarorii, etc.  Primo querende sunt

               Double columns of 50 lines, ending imperfectly 54b.

        IV.  Item expositio eiusdem super Lib. predicamentorum et pery-

                   armenias    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .              55

         V.  Item notabilia quedam super Lib. Posteriorum         .          .             73b

        VI. Quedam questiones naturales de motu          .           .          .             76

       VII.  Sophista questiones argumenta et alia notabilia multa           .          86

      VIII.  Tractatus quidam de Instanciis faciendis in propositionibus

                   cathec et ypatec.          .          .          .          .           .           .          106b

               Perhaps begins at f. 94: there are many questions about Noah's

                   Ark.

        IX.  Sophista disputata cum sermonibus gramaticalibus disputatis            107

               Minute hand, 61 etc. lines to column.

               Omne quod est aut convenit cum aliquo.

          X.  Expositio fr. Egidii super Lib. Predicamentorum non com-

                   pleta     .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .            113

               Nec de huius operis auctore nec de auctoris intencione con-

                   stabat apud ueteres.

               Well written, 46 lines to column.

        XI.  Notabilia in lib. Porphirii et Predicamentorum contenta         .           117

               Imperfect, single columns, the next article in the same hand.

      XII.  Lectura quedam notabilis super lib. Phisicorum Aristotelis    .            119

     XIII.  Tractatus quidam de Scire et Dubitare       .         .         .         .            131

               Intelligendum quod scire dicitur multis modis

                      -me certificare non potes.

               134b blank.

      XIV.  Insolubilia m. Ricardi de Schirewode      .         .         .         .         .   135

               Sophismatum quorundam est solucio.

       XV.  Questiones notabiles de Universalibus  .         .         .         .         .      139

               Headed Mag. Rogerus de bylan or Belane: his name is also

                   in the colophon.

      XVI.  Dubitaciones super lib. Posteriorum      .         .         .         .         .      148

     XVII.  Questiones multe super Lib. Elenchorum        .         .         .         .      153

                   a d. Waltero de burle. 

    XVIII.  Questiones problemata sophista Dubitaciones Argumenta et alia

                   necessaria et notabilia multa in diversis locis scripta habita

                   et contenta.          .          .          .          .          .          .          .         .   162b

               In various parts of the volume.

               On a slip at the end (XVI), h. homy (?),

               Omnibus in Christo, etc. Joh. archar yoman in com. lincoln

                   dioc.

               On the back (XVI)

               To my brothern (?) Mr …all at the kyinges coledge in Cam-   

                   bridge thes delyver.

Supplementary information 

Negative microfilm in St John's College Library.
Item III see Mischa von Perger, 'Walter Burley's Expositio vetus super librum Porphyrii an edition'. Franciscan Studies 59 (2001), 237-269; Mischa von Perger, 'Walter Burley's Expositio vetus super librum Praedicamentorum an edition'. Franciscan Studies 61 (2003), 55-96.
Item IV see S. F. Brown, 'Walter Burley's middle commentary on Aristotle's Perihermeneias'. Franciscan Studies 33, annual 11 (1973), 42-134.
Item VI is a fragment of an early redaction of Walter Burley's 'Expositio in libros physicorum' lib. V, a part of his exposition of comm. 9. The complete work is to be found in Caius 448/409, fols 172-543b; the part corresponding to this fragment is on fols 361a-376b.
Item XVII see Sten Ebbesen, 'Burley on Equivocation in his Companion to a "Tractatus Fallaciarum" and in his "Questions" on the "Elenchi"', Cahiers de l'Institut du moyen-age grec et latin 74 (2003), 151-207; Mischa von Perger (ed.), 'Walter Burley, Quaestiones libri Elenchorum: Quaestiones XVIII de fallaciis, quae "in dictione" nuncupantur. Qq. 1-3, 13-18', Cahiers de l'Institut du moyen-age grec et latin 76 (2005), 159-237; Sten Ebbesen (ed.), 'Gualterus Burleus, "Quaestiones super Sophisticos Elenchos" 4-12. A revised edition incorporating changes suggested by M. von Perger', ibidem, 239-282.

Dr S. F. Burrows has noted the following:

f. 47ra - Cum sit necessarium Grisarori - Expositio breuissima in librum Porphyrii (Burlaei); expl: inter omnia universalia. Finitur (f. 49vb).
f. 49vb - Equiuoca dicuntur et cetera - Expositio breuissima in librum Praedicamentorum Aristotelis (Burlaei); expl.: qui sunt dicti sunt magis principales (f. 54rb).
f. 54rb - Primum oportet constituere - Expositio breuissima in librum Perihermeneias Aristotelis (Burlaei); expl: ex isto potest inferri (f. 54vb). Incomplete, gives words to be found on next page: quod nomen significat sine tempore. The continuing page, however, is not found in this codex.
f. 55ra - Equiuoca dicuntur quorum solum nomen - Expositio in librum Praedicamentorum Aristotelis (Burlaei ); expl.: species et genera subalterna in libro de VI principiis plenius apparebit (f. 66va).
f. 67ra - Cum cognitio syllogismi sit finis logicae - Expositio in librum Perihermeneias Aristotelis (Burlaei); expl.: quae enunciant modo contrario quam istae quae enunciant contraria. Expliciunt sententiae super librum periarmenias datae a domino Waltero de Burley (f. 73rb).

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